Topics: Starting a Charter School

CCSA Answers: Charter Schools and Home and Hospital Instruction

Learn whether a charter school can provide home and hospital instruction.

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CCSA's Governance Academy Continuing this Week!

Back by popular demand, the California Charter Schools Association is bringing back our Governance Academy, a free intensive workshop designed as a training for new board members and school leaders.

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Register Today for Special Education 201: Understanding and Exercising Your Options for Special Education Services

Join us for this session that will cover the Special Education MOU options available to you, and how to ensure that you have the flexibility you need in order to provide high quality special education services.

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CCSA Answers: Collecting Teacher Signatures for a Charter Petition

Question: Must charter school developers collect signatures from tenured teachers only?

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LAUSD Authorizer Overreach Response Strategy

Initial discussion with charter leaders on strategy and collective action in response to LAUSD’s overreaching oversight practices.

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Did you know CCSA offers Incorporation and Tax Exemption Support to Qualifying Members?

CCSA has a program under which qualifying CCSA members can receive pro bono or reduced rate legal support with the incorporation and tax exemption process from outside attorneys.

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Don't Miss CCSA's Pre-Conference Public Charter Schools Grant Program Workshop!

These workshops will provide your school with the governance and fiscal management training required by the PCSGP!

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Register Now for CCSA's Pre-Conference Public Charter Schools Grant Program Workshop!

The March 3 workshop is chock full of trainings and resources, to help your new school access funds through the Public Charter Schools Grant Program.

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Free Training in Los Angeles on Charter School Best Practices Project

The California Department of Education is offering a free training session in Los Angeles County for educators to learn strategies for using the new Charter Schools Best Practices Project, a new initiative to strengthen charter schools across the state by providing teachers and administrators access to hundreds of online resources to aid their work.

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Free Training in San Diego on Charter School Best Practices Project

The California Department of Education is offering a free training session in San Diego County for educators to learn strategies for using the new Charter Schools Best Practices Project, a new initiative to strengthen charter schools across the state by providing teachers and administrators access to hundreds of online resources to aid their work.

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Torlakson Launches Charter School Best Practices Project; Hundreds of Resources Available

The California Department of Education is launching a new Charter Schools Best Practices Project to strengthen charter schools across the state by providing teachers and administrators access to hundreds of online resources to aid their work.

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Check Out the Upcoming Charter School Development Information Sessions

Upcoming topics include Special Education, Mission and Petition, How to Recruit Students and more!

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By Appointment Only: PCSGP Application Consultations THIS WEEK

CCSA’s Knowledge Management Team will be offering one-hour consultations on September 11 or 12 for any Member school that has questions related to completing the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) application.

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Webinars for School Developers

Three sessions coming up. Learn about PCSGP, Writing your Petition, and Grant Writing.

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CCSA Public Charter School Grant Program Resources

Availible to members: Application overview workshop, consultations, sample applications and connection to consultants back office supports.

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Apply Today! Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant

The Federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) is administered by the Charter Schools Division and is now available. Grants are reviewed by peer evaluators and are awarded to nonprofit entities and local education agencies that are likely to develop and open high-quality charter schools.

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Two Developer Information Sessions this week!

Each session provides expert instruction and a forum for questions and answers. All sessions are free to Association Members.

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Charter School Funding & Writing Your Charter Petition (Part 3 of 3)

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget. Each session provides expert instruction and a forum for questions and…

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School Developer Webinars

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget. Each session provides expert instruction and a forum for questions and…

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Webinars for School Developers: How to Start a Charter School (Part 3 of 3)

Learn the 16-point structure of the charter petition, and how to fully-address each element.

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Webinars for School Developers: Legal Requirements for Student Outreach and Building the Team to Fulfill Your Mission (Part 2 of 3)

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget.

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This Week! Two Webinars for School Developers

You can still register for “State Budget Update: Current Revisions & School Development” and “How to Start a Charter School (Part 1 of 3)”

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Update: Pavik v. Fillmore Unified (PERB Decision)

The Public Employment Relations Board renders an important decision in the Fillmore Unified School District regarding the ability of school district teachers to engage in charter school development and petition activities without fear of retaliation from a school district.

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Two Upcoming Webinars for School Developers

How to Start a Charter School (Part 3 of 3) & Writing Your Education Program Part 2: Elements 1, 2, and 3. Each session provides expert instruction and a forum for questions and answers.

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May 6 Webinars for School Developers: Special Education 101 & How to Start a Charter School (Part 1 of 3)

Each session provides expert instruction and a forum for questions and answers. All sessions are free to Association Members.

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April 8: Webinars for School Developers

Securing Authorization for New Schools, How to Start a Charter School (Part 1 of 3), Top 10 Legal Issues for Charter Schools.

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New Maps to Help Developers as they Explore Potential Sites for their School

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The maps illustrate under-enrollment, free or reduced-price lunch rates, and school performance as captured by the Academic Performance Index.

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Interested in School Leadership? Join Us for Happy Hour!

Join us on either April 15 or April 16 for a happy hour hosted by CCSA and Building Excellent Schools to learn more about the BES Fellowship program and starting a charter school.

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Webinars for School Developers

Upcoming school developer webinars include Insurance 101 for Developing Schools and How to Start a Charter School

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Webinars for School Developers

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget.

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Public Charter School Grant Program Workshop: March 11

ign up now to receive the governance and fiscal management training required by the Grant Program Sign

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Webinars for School Developers

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget.

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Webinars for School Developers: Fundraising 101

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months.

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Start-Up Circle featuring Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School in San José

Learn more about the process of starting a school, supports available to teams interested in starting a school, and connect with others who also want to see more high-quality schools in the Bay Area.

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Feb. 4 Webinars for School Developers: Why, What, How: Crafting Vision, Mission and Value

Often overlooked as merely symbolic, strong and clear Vision, Mission and Values statements have a powerful effect on families, staff, funders and the larger community, propelling the school toward continual improvement and innovation.

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New area eligible for High Quality Charter Grant Program

The Walton Foundation has redefined the boundaries of the areas of Los Angeles that are eligible for its High Quality Charter Grant Program. See the new map!

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Jan. 28 Webinar: Writing a Charter Petition

Get an overview of the development process, a breakdown of CDE regulations and an outline of the topics that must defined in charter petitions

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Webinars for School Developers: Writing Your Charter Petition (Part 3 of 3) & Charter Petition and MOU: Important Elements for Your Special Education Sections

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget

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Webinars for School Developers: Building the Team to Fulfill Your Mission & Becoming a California Benefit Non-Profit Corporation with 501 (c)(3) Status

Explore upcoming sessions on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget.

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Jan. 9 Webinars: Writing Your Charter Petition & How to Start a Charter School

There are a number of online charter school development information sessions coming up in the next few months.

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Dec. 19: Webinar- Writing Your Charter Petition

Learn the 16-point structure of a charter petition, and how to fully address each element at this free webinar.

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CCSA Launches Start-Up Circle

CCSA is launching a Start-Up Circle in the Bay Area! You are invited to join other educators, parents, and community leaders to learn more about the process of starting a charter school and to discuss the landscape throughout the Bay…

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Penny Schwinn, Founder of Capitol Collegiate, and Trustee, Sac County Board of Education to Speak

You are invited to join other educators, parents, and community leaders to discuss the process of starting a charter school and the landscape throughout Sacramento County - existing schools, demand for new schools, and more.

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Know Someone Dreaming of Starting a Charter School?

CCSA is launching a Start-Up Circle in Sacramento! Educators, parents, and community leaders who want to learn more about the process of starting a charter school are encourage to meet up….

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Why Developers & New Schools Should Register NOW for the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference

Welcome to the charter schools movement! Now get ready to attend the premiere statewide networking and professional development event for education reform professionals in the country.

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NEW Resource for PCSGP Applicants

CCSA has produced a new Knowledge Brief to help members interested in the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP). The PCSGP application deadline is October 12, 2012. This Knowledge Brief provides information about the Request for Application (RFA), including changes from the past RFA, eligibility requirements, scoring, deadlines, budget, timeline, award and other critical resources for applicants.

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SBE Approves Start-Up Grant Application: Webinar on September 19

The California Department of Education (CDE) will post a final Request for Application (RFA) in the coming days and offer a webinar on September 19. CCSA is providing additional information and technical assistance to help applicants.

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State Board of Education to Consider PCSGP Application: Due Oct. 12 2012

The California Department of Education (CDE) has announced that the 2012-13 Application for the SB State Board of Education to Consider PCSGP Application. The State Board of Education (SBE) meets next week Thursday, September 13. The SBE is scheduled to…

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Aug 30: Stand Out - Use Your Mission to Effectively Reach Audiences

Delivering an effective message that resonates with several audiences and raises the profile of your charter school is essential in today’s media-driven world.

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Aug 28: Fundraising 101

Join us for a background in the funding opportunities available to schools, effective strategies for garnering support from diverse sources, and tools to build an initial fundraising plan.

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Renewal Readiness Checklist

Are you ready for your renewal? CCSA’s first renewal webinar is June 14 - use our quick checklist to make sure you’re ready and can take maximum advantage!

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Planning to Start a New Charter School? Get a Scholarship to the Fortune School Leadership Program

This program is for charter leaders, by charter leaders, and focuses on producing charter school leaders for high-quality charter schools in high need areas

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CCSA Answers: Charter Schools and Single-School District Plans

Question: Is it true that although charter schools are not explicitly required by the state to submit a Single-School District (SSD) Plan (a Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan + a Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)), a direct-funded charter school is required to submit an SSD Plan as it relates to qualifying for federal funding under NCLB (Title I/III/V, etc.)?

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Feb. 27: Hands-on Tech Plan Writing and E-Rate Practice Workshop

Want some of the $2.27 BILLION E-Rate funding available annually to help your school’s technology program? Baffled about technology planning? Just opening? Don’t miss this workshop! You will actually write a draft technology plan over the course of the workshop with support every step of the way.

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Feb. 27: FREE In-Depth PCSGP Workshop for Developers and First-year Schools

Are you thinking about applying for the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP)? Don’t miss this unique chance to get all the information you need, including Q & A with staff from the California Department of Education (CDE) and a presentation from Middleton, Young and Minney on key legal issues. RSVP now for this day-long workshop!

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Feb. 16 Webinar: Crafting Vision, Mission, and Value

At the core of every high-quality public charter school are a series of statements that define the school’s identity and work. Often overlooked as merely symbolic, strong and clear Vision, Mission and Values statements have a powerful effect on families, staff, funders and the larger community, propelling the school toward continual improvement and innovation. Find out more in our webinar!

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Public Charter Schools Grant Program Workshops: Register Today!

These workshops are fast approaching! Register today to include these workshops in your grant application work plan.

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Jan. 19 Webinar: Best Practices and Compliancy for your School's Nonprofit

Focusing on pre-authorization, this webinar provides an introduction to the legal guidelines and best practices for designing a governance structure that will successfully sustain your school.

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Jan. 12 Webinar: Decoding the 16 Elements: Writing a Charter Petition

This webinar will help participants understand the required elements of a California charter school petition and the development process. This presentation provides an overview of the development process, breaks down the CDE regulations using everyday language and examples to provide developers with an outline of the topics that must defined in their charter petitions.

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Dec. 15 Webinar: Build a Budget - How to use the CCSA Budget Template

Learn how to navigate and manipulate the multipage template. The session provides expert instruction and a forum for questions and answers.

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Dec. 8 Webinar: Charter School Funding for Developers

This webinar will cover information on charter school funding sources for developers, with an emphasis on state and federal categorical programs.

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Dec. 6 Webinar: Top 10 Things No One Tells You About Your New Charter School

This webinar will cover the most common challenges that new charter leaders face when launching their school, from authorizer relations to business services.

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CCSA Answers: Out of Grade Level Charter School Authorization

Question: If someone wants to start a charter school for grades 7-12 but in a high school (9-12) local school district, will that local district be able to charter the school, or must the school be chartered by a K-8 district?

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Nov. 17 Webinar: Legal Requirements for Outreach, Admission and the Lottery

Charter school law is filled with apparent inconsistencies - on one hand, charter schools must admit all students who wish to attend, and on the other, it must describe its “admissions requirements” within its charter. This free webinar will delve into these and other legal “mysteries” regarding the student outreach and admissions process.

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Nov. 3 Webinar: Writing Your Education Program

CCSA offers online charter school development webinars on topics ranging from incorporation to designing a realistic school budget. This webinar focuses on the first three elements of your petition.

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Great Schools Require Great Leaders

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Do you know someone who is interested in starting a charter school? Be sure to direct them to this video, now playing on the CCSA website and YouTube Channel.

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Charters School Approvals Impacting Authorizer Decisions in the Central Valley

The Visalia Unified School District approved the the Sycamore Valley Charter Academy petition at their meeting Tuesday in a 6-1 vote. The school will open in August 2012.

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Public Hearings for New Inland Empire Charter School Petitions

If you are a school developer, you should consider attending a public hearing from a petitioner who has already submitted. Learn how the meetings go and what the expectations are for public hearings. Also it is great to come and support new high quality start-ups that CCSA is also supporting.

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Public Hearings for New Inland Empire and Orange County Charter School Petitions

If you are a school developer, you should consider attending a public hearing from a petitioner who has already submitted. Learn how the meetings go and what the expectations are for public hearings. Also it is great to come and support new high quality start-ups that CCSA is also supporting.

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School Development Webinars Coming Up Soon

CCSA is offering several workshops for school developers in October including: “State Budget Update,” “The 16 (plus) Elements of a Charter” and “Building your School’s Founding Team.”

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School Development Webinars Coming Up Soon

CCSA is offering four webinars for school developers this September. All are free to members.

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Now Playing: "Charters 101"

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Featuring a talented young artist, the video describes in words and pictures the things that make California’s charter schools so special.

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California Department of Education Releases New Request for Applications for Charter School Start-Up Grants

The California Department of Education has posted the application and supporting material for the next round of funding for the federal Public Charter School Grant Program.

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New Charter Policy in San Diego Unified School District

A message from Lisa Berlanga about the progress towards a new policy.

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Aug. 18: Preparing for the PCSGP - CANCELED

CCSA is hosting a webinar on Aug. 18 to provide developers with a preview of the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) application requirements as well as the areas of overlap between the application and the charter petition. Free to members.

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CCSA Answers: Collecting Teacher Signatures for a Charter Petition

Must charter school developers collect signatures from tenured teachers only?

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School Development Information Sessions

The next session will cover what you need to know about incorporating as a nonprofit public benefit corporation, as well as best practices and compliancy for a Charter School’s Tax Exempt Status.

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